The vibrant color of Petunias, from red to pink to purple, will make your garden lively and level up your entree presentation if used, as Petunias are edible.
That said, your pet might not take these plants too well if consumed.
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Are All Petunias Edible?
Petunias are fast-growing perennials that grace your garden with vibrant blooms throughout the spring till the frost.
These bell-shaped blooms growing from Zone 9 to 11 have a sweet, spicy taste and often have many culinary uses.
Mexican Petunia, Supertunia Pink, Shock Wave, and Grandiflora are some common varieties used to enhance food’s aesthetics and flavor profile in many fine-dining restaurants.
Despite Petunias being non-toxic, if your pets voraciously munch on the plant and leaves, they might end up in a problematic situation.
Stomach discomfort, nausea, and vomiting could result from overconsumption, which should disappear in a few days.
But if the situation doesn’t subside, we recommend contacting the Pet Poison Helpline.
How To Eat Petunias?
Interestingly, Petunia goes well in sweet and savory dishes, from cake frosting to salad dressing, floral tea, and many more.
Here are two quick and simple vegan Petunia recipes that are tasty and equally healthy, perfect for this summer.
1. Vegan Petunia Jello
Getting the ingredients right is the key to having a perfect wobbly jelly, especially when making a vegan one.
To make a vegan Petunia Jelly, you’ll need some agar-agar, fresh edible Petunias, sugar, and vanilla essence.
- Take a pan with 3 cups of water and add some Petunia petals to make a Petunia tea.
- Let the flower steep for a few minutes untill a cup of water reduces.
- Add 3 tsp of agar and 2 tsp sugar, and let them boil over high heat.
- Stir the mixture consistently until the agar and sugar dissolves. Then, turn down the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Move the pan off the heat and let it cool down a little, stirring occasionally.
- Get a mold of your choice and pour the agar-Petunia mix into the mold.
- Place the mold into the refrigerator and let the jelly set for at least 2 hours.
- Gently remove the jelly, and your vegan Petuna Jelly is ready to be served.
2. Petunia Smoothie Bowl (BTS-Inspired)
A smoothie bowl is quite literally a plain canvas where you are free to try any combination of fruits, nuts, and herbs.
And this time, we are about to paint it purple in honor of the global pop icon BTS.
You’ll need purple Petunias and the boy band’s favorite ingredients for a BTS-inspired smoothie bowl.
- Add six tablespoons of oats with some coconut milk into a blending jar and enough to cover the oats completely.
- Now add half a banana, a few Petunia leaves, nuts and seeds of your choice, and some peanut butter if you wish. Then blend the mixture into a thick smoothie.
- For more purple color, you can add a small slice of beetroot.
- Once you’re done blending the mixture, transfer the smoothie to a round bowl, and top it off with Suga’s favorite tangerine, Jin’s favorite strawberry, some chia seeds, and any nuts you choose.
- Add a few leaves of mint, and voila, your Army smoothie bowl is ready to be served.
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Be Aware of Pollen!
Although pollen in Petunias is not considered an allergen, you should make a little distance if you have pollen allergies.
So, try growing them in your garden or nation instead of having them indoors.